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Amnesty slams US over Afghan civilian deaths

The families of thousands of civilians killed by American forces in Afghanistan have been left without justice or compensation, an Amnesty International report said Monday, in a damning indictment of the US military as it withdraws. The report said it had gathered evidence of “a deeply flawed US military justice[…]

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Cairo talks in disarray amid Gaza violence

Palestinian negotiators have warned they will leave Cairo on Sunday unless Israel agrees to return to Egyptian-mediated negotiations to end the fighting in Gaza without setting conditions. “We told the Egyptians that if the Israelis are not coming and if there is no significant development, we are leaving today,” Palestinian[…]

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Iran plane crash kills dozens

At least 39 passengers and crew on board an Iranian jet have been killed and nine injured after the plane crashed near an airport in the capital Tehran, according to a senior transportation official and state media. IRNA news agency said the plane crashed shortly after takeoff from Mehrabad airport[…]

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US warns Russia against Ukraine invasion

The United States has warned Russia against using the humanitarian crisis in eastern Ukraine as a pretext for an invasion, saying such a move would be “completely unacceptable”. The warning came after Russia proposed setting up humanitarian corridors to come to the aid of civilians in east Ukraine who are[…]

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Israeli strikes hit Gaza mosques

Israeli warplanes kept up a punishing campaign of air strikes over Gaza, killing five Palestinians on Saturday as rebels fired rockets into Israel and ceasefire talks in Cairo stalled. The Palestinian interior ministry said Israeli jets launched 21 strikes after midnight, destroying three mosques, one in the Zeitoun area, one[…]

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Palestinians committed to reaching Gaza truce

A senior Palestinian official said a team negotiating in Cairo for a ceasefire agreement with Israel is committed to reaching a deal. “We told the Egyptians (mediators) we are sitting here to achieve a final agreement that restores the rights” of Palestinians, delegation head Azzam al-Ahmed told reporters. The Egyptian[…]

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Ebola declared an ‘international emergency’

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to be an international public health emergency that requires an extraordinary response to stop its spread. WHO declared similar emergencies for the swine flu pandemic in 2009 and for polio in May. The WHO chief, Dr Margaret[…]

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US warplanes hit Islamic State in Iraq

The US Defence Department has said the US military has conducted an airstrike against Islamic State fighters near the northern Iraqi city of Erbil. A Pentagon statement said two F/A-18 warplanes dropped 225 kilograms of laser-guided bombs on a mobile artillery piece which “[the Islamic State] was using … to[…]

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